UK HealthCare joins list of health care providers requiring vaccine for employees

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UK HealthCare has joined the growing list of healthe care providers requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – UK HealthCare has joined the growing list of health care providers requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

It was announced Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required for health care providers, staff, trainees, learners, and those who work in UK HealthCare facilities.

Employees will be required to initiate a complete COVID-19 vaccination series by September 15. The requirement includes a declination process for religious or medical reasons as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This reinforces the importance of vaccination and, we hope, encourages more vaccination throughout the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Mark F. Newman, University of Kentucky executive vice president for health affairs. “Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures.”

UK HealthCare joins other hospitals in the state as well as nearly 60 major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, which have called for mandatory vaccination of health care workers as the highly contagious Delta variant drives a new surge of coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 cases in Kentucky are up more than 200% over the last 14 days causing hospitalizations in Kentucky to more than double with the great majority of those hospitalized being unvaccinated.

“Just as we have believed for years in vaccinations to slow the spread of influenza and its consequences for those who are medically compromised, we believe in COVID-19 vaccination as one crucial tangible step we can all take to provide a safe environment of care,” Newman said.

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